China's largest international furniture event, Furniture China, opened today in Shanghai. Boasting more than 3000 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions, across a floor space of around 350,000 sqm, the 21st edition of the show promises to reinforce its dominance in this increasingly busy market.

Furniture China remains a powerfully international event - 248 of this year's exhibitors are from outside of China, and many now seek to engage the country's burgeoning domestic market. Pavilions from France, Belgium, Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and South Korea are joined by missions from Turkey and Australia, and enterprises from Switzerland and Brazil are also making their debut this year, bringing fresh global flavours to the proceedings.

The visitor base is also multinational - organiser UBM Sinoexpo reports that pre-registrations of overseas visitors have seen double-digit growth this year, after reaching a record high in 2014.

There's greater focus than ever on the event's design components, with exhibitions and celebrations at the show joined by others across the city - as well as affirmations that Furniture China remains a leader in the provision of contemporary furniture. Coupled with a strong co-located manufacturing event and a seminar programme that consists of numerous Far Eastern furniture luminaries, this edition is shaping up to be stronger than ever, despite fresh competition from the new CIFF Shanghai event that opened across town yesterday.

Furniture News will publish a full report shortly.